In 1997 Steve Lukather released his most raw and personal album to date, Luke. After his then recent divorce Luke was an emotional blood-letting of sorts. Hate Everything About U is perhaps the most heart-wrenching of the songs on the album.
Employing the same songwriting tool that 10cc did on their hit I'm Not In Love-- repetition. Lukather's repeated claims of hate instead reveal a heartbroken love. Lukather rattles off a litany of reasons for his "hate" that expose his love, regret, and broken heart.
At the time I first heard this song in 1998, I was still nursing the wounds of a broken heart suffered a few months before this song was a sucker punch to my heart. While the whole album resonated with me Hate Everything About U and Always Be There For Me (but that's another review for another time) hit a particular nerve. And while I've long since moved on I still look back on both of those songs fondly as they helped me get through a bit of a rough patch